Saturday, June 24, 2006

December last year ??? 

Wow - only 6 months since my last post...

Must try to remedy that soon !

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Too much Beer 

What a day. I went out on a school night, drank way too much with friends and got to bed after 2, then had to get up to go to work today ! I couldn't have ridden in even if I tried - was still half tanked when I woke. Needless to say that coffee was on the agenda first up...

Yesterday, about 1500 colleagues attended the inaugural Colesmyer IT expo at Telstra dome. The beer and nibbles started at about 4, and by 5.30 I was already on the way - they just kept filling our glasses up, and I wasn't complaining :)

Then I went on to drink more with Ben and Trent, before ending up Pugg Mahone's where I drank even more Guiness with some other CML friends. Oh well, it was a good night, but I thought I had learnt years ago not to do that sort of thing on a school night - that's right - I forgot again :)

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Short movie envisions the growing Google 'EPIC' 

This isn't my work but I had to blog it - it is very interesting and smart.

Short movie envisions the growing Google 'EPIC'
As Google positions itself to be a total online content provider, the question of what is next for the search engine giant might be at least partially forecasted by U.S. journalists Matt Thompson and Robin Sloan.

Both versions of EPIC can be seen at http://www.robinsloan.com

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Pixel the Cat 

We have a new member of the family finally - meet Pixel.

We get to pick her up tomorrow hopefully if the Vet has finished with her !!! :)

I'll be keeping her progress posted here...

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Carlton Draught TV Ad 

Heres's a New Carlton Draught TV Ad - I haven't seen it on air yet but it is fantastic, though I thought it was for Guinness when I first saw it.

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Friday, April 29, 2005

Eugene McGee - the 'Hit Run' Lawyer who killed a Cyclist 

Eugene McGee was recently acquitted in a South Australian Court for the charge of "causing death by dangerous driving" - good to see that speeding while drunk in a 4WD obviously isn't 'dangerous' now then.

This man's name needs to be remembered; he SHOULD have been worried about his career, though it's indicative of a deep and horrible callousness that he cared more about his career than the life he extinguished.

Eugene McGee - a more appropriate google result for his name ???

More articles here:
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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

My New Toy 

Picked up my new toy on Friday - a Canon EOS 300D digital SLR. Should be able to fill up my hard drive with all the photo's I'll be able to take now !!!

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Photo Friday - Rest 

Photo Friday - 15th April 2005
Topic: Rest

"Hard day at the Office !"

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Monday, April 11, 2005

John Cleese's speech to Americans 

Recently, John Cleese read this out to an audience in America:

To the citizens of the United States of America, in the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy.

Your new Prime Minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a Minister for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.

A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium." Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour'; skipping the letter

'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters.

You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed' not 'zee') and the suffix "ize" will be replaced by the suffix "ise." You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra' e.g. Edinburgh. You are welcome to re-spell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope with correct pronunciation.

Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look up vocabulary." Using the same thirty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "uhh", "like", and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look up "interspersed."

There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're not old enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat shows. When you learn to develop your vocabulary, then you won't have to use bad language as often.

2. There is no such thing as "US English." We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of "-ize."

3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to cockney, upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also have to learn how to understand regional accents --- Scottish dramas such as "Taggart" will no longer be broadcast with subtitles. While we're talking about regions, you must learn that there is no such place as Devonshire in England. The name of the county is " Devon." If you persist in calling it Devonshire, all American States will become "shires" e.g. Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.

4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to play English characters. British sit-coms such as "Men Behaving Badly" or "Red Dwarf" will not be re-cast and watered down for a wishy-washy American audience who can't cope with the humour of occasional political incorrectness.

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen", but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to get confused and give up half way through.

6. You should stop playing American "football." There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as American "football" is not a very good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays "American" football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football.

Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a Difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby which is similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies).We are hoping to get together at least a US Rugby sevens side by 2005.

You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. Instead of baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls' game called "rounders," which is baseball without fancy team strip, oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.

7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public than a vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are sensible enough to handle potentially dangerous items, you will require a permit if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but only in England. It will be called "Indecisive Day."

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap, and it is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call 'French fries' are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian. Though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called "crisps." Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat. The traditional accompaniment to chips is beer which should be served warm and flat. Waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.

12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling "beer" is not actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper British Bitter will be referred to as "beer," and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as "Lager." The substances formerly known as "American Beer" will henceforth be referred to as "Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine," with the exception of the product of the American Budweiser company whose product will be referred to as "Weak Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine." This will allow true Budweiser (as manufactured for the last 1000 years in the Czech Republic) to be sold without risk of confusion.

13. From November 10th the UK will harmonise petrol (or "gasoline," as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005) prices with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the former USA and the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol price (roughly $6/US gallon -- get used to it).

14. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.

16. Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).

Thank you for your co-operation.

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Photo Friday - Plastic 

This weeks Photo Friday topic is 'Plastic'.

No, I didn't immediately think of my Tupperware collection as soon as I saw this - instead I thought I'd submit a picture of our Plastic Collectables.

I am slowly collecting the Panasonic Panapets (only 3 more to go), and the M&M men. I also have the Shrek 2 'bobbleheads', courtesy of Red Rooster, a Panasonic 'Toot-a-Loop' and of course Mickey !

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Sunday, January 02, 2005

Photo Friday - Best of 2004 

This photo was taken in Akaroa, on the Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. It is a beautiful French town, jsut 85km from Christchurch in the South Island.

It was so hard to decide on my 'Best' Photo from 2004 - so here are some of my favorites from 2004...

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